I took advantage of the the fine Spring weather enjoyed by the Thames Valley, which sadly has been replaced by April showers, some very heavy with hail and thunder, not really weather for photography. The river continues to increase in activity on the wildlife front as Spring progresses.
Waiting to Enter Marlow Lock
A cabin cruiser waiting at the pontoons above Marlow Lock. In a few weeks time this will change as there will be a multitude of pleasure boats processing up and down the river This crew is waiting for the lock to fill and to discharge before they can enter.
I am particularly pleased with this image as although it is “busy” with All Saints Church, Marlow Bridge and Marlow Weir in addition to the boat and crew, it does seem to work well.
Date: 15:05:2012 Time: 17:21:53 Camera: Canon EOS 30D Lens: Canon EF 17-40 mm f/4.0 L USM
Aperture: f/8.0 Shutter Speed: 1/400 ISO: 100 Focal Length: 40.0 mm
Low Level Fly Past
A pair of Greylag Geese in flight just above the surface of the river.
Date: 29:03:2012 Time: 17:21:53 Camera: Canon EOS 30D Lens: Canon EF 70-300 mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Aperture: f/6.3 Shutter Speed: 1/800 ISO: 200 Focal Length: 165.0 mm
On the Nest
I first came across this nesting swan on 30th March, when she was at the nest building stage. This image was shot today (some twenty-four days later) and shows the pen (female swan) well settled on the nest, although I don’t know whether she has laid her eggs yet. Once the clutch is laid she will incubate by sitting on the eggs until they hatch, approximately six weeks later. During incubation she will only leave the nest for short periods to eat or preen, during which time her partner, the cob (male swan), will stand guard.
I intend to vist frequently over the next few weeks to catch the young soon after hatching.
Date: 23:04:2012 Time: 09:27:14 Camera: Canon EOS 30D Lens: Canon EF 70-300 mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Aperture: f/4.6 Shutter Speed: 1/400 ISO: 200 Focal Length: 165.0 mm
First Swimming Lesson
A female Mallard with her new duckling taking to the river for the first time. I think this might be an unusual scene as female Mallards lay clutches of 8 – 13 eggs, so I suspect either none of the other eggs hatched or they were destroyed by predators.
Date: 10:04:2012 Time: 11:04:12 Camera: Canon EOS 30D Lens: Canon EF 70-300 mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Aperture: f/6.2 Shutter Speed: 1/500 ISO: 200 Focal Length: 105.0 mm
Sunset over Marlow Weir
Not a Spring scene but could be. A peaceful sunset seen from Marlow Bridge last December, looking towards Marlow Lock and with Marlow Mill in the background.
Date: 07:12:2011 Time: 09:27:14 Camera: Canon EOS 30D Lens: Canon EF 70-300 mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
Aperture: f/5.6 Shutter Speed: 1/125 ISO: 200 Focal Length: 32.0 mm